Renowned Pakistani sitarist Ustad Raees Khan passed away on Saturday. He was 77. He breathed his last in Karachi.
He was reportedly diagnosed with an ailment and had been bedridden for quite some time. He is survived by his wife, renowned singer Bilqees Khanum, and four sons, according to Tribune Pakistan.
Ustad Raees was born in 1939 in Indore, India in a family of musicians. He belonged to the Mewati Gharana of Indian classical music. His maternal grandfather Inayat Ali Khan was also considered one of the finest sitar players in the subcontinent.
He learned music from his uncle, Walayat Ali Khan and father Muhammad Khan.
In 1968, he moved to Pakistan. He met Balqees Begum in 1979 and the following year they tied the knot.
May his soul rest in peace!